Synonyms of start in English:

start


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verb

1‘the meeting starts at 7.45’

SYNONYMS

begin, get under way, go ahead, get going

informal kick off

formal commence

ANTONYMS

finish

2‘this was how her illness had started’

SYNONYMS

come into being, begin, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out, arise, originate, break, unfold, develop, crop up, first see the light of day

formal commence

ANTONYMS

end, clear up

3‘I'm starting a campaign to get the law changed’

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establish, set up, found, lay the foundations of, lay the cornerstone of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, create, bring into being, institute, initiate, inaugurate, introduce, open, begin, launch, float, kick-start, put in place, get something off the ground, get something going, get something moving, get something working, get something functioning, activate, originate, pioneer, organize, mastermind, embark on, make a start on, tackle, set about

informal kick something off

ANTONYMS

end, wind up

4‘we had better start now if we are going to finish the job in time’

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make a start, begin, make a beginning, take the first step, lay the first stone, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, take something forward, buckle down, buckle to, turn to, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling

informal get moving, get cracking, get stuck in, get down to it, get to it, get down to business, get one's finger out, get the show on the road, take the plunge, kick off, pitch in, get off one's backside, fire away

British informal get weaving

formal commence

ANTONYMS

stop, hang about, give up

5‘Yanto started out across the sand at a brisk pace’

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set off, set out, start out, set forth, begin one's journey, get on the road, depart, leave, get under way, make a start, sally forth, embark, sail

informal hit the road, hit the trail, push off

archaic set forward

ANTONYMS

arrive, stay

6‘you can start up the machine with the footswitch’

SYNONYMS

activate, set in motion, switch on, turn on, fire up

energize, actuate, set off, start off, get something going, get something moving, set something going, set something moving, start something functioning, start something operating, kick-start

ANTONYMS

stop, close down

7‘the machine started up’

SYNONYMS

begin working, start functioning, get going, start operating

ANTONYMS

stop

8‘‘Oh my!’ she said, starting’

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flinch, jerk, jump, twitch, recoil, shrink, blench, wince, shy

9‘she had seen Meg start suddenly from the thicket’

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jump, leap, spring, bound, dash, charge, pounce, dive, rush, dart


noun

1‘we were present at the start of the event’

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beginning, inception, onset, emergence, arrival, eruption, dawn, birth

establishment, foundation, institution, origination, inauguration, induction, creation, opening, launch, float, floating

informal kick-off

formal commencement

2‘that was the start of the trouble’

SYNONYMS

origin, source, root, starting point, germ, seeds, beginning, genesis

cause, reason, motivation, motive

fons et origo

literary fountainhead, wellspring, fount

3‘I gave them a quarter of an hour's start’

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lead, head start, advantage, advantageous position

4‘they have worked hard to give their children a start in life’

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advantageous beginning, flying start, opening, opportunity, chance, helping hand, encouragement, lift, assistance, support, boost, kick-start

informal break, leg up

5‘she awoke with a start’

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jerk, twitch, flinch, wince, spasm, convulsion, jump